Recently, I’ve been pretty disconnected from the blogosphere: my new home hasn’t got any Wi-Fi set up yet, and thanks to my rapidly dwindling phone data I haven’t even been able to browse Twitter or Bloglovin much.
In some ways having this enforced break has been quite nice, as it has definitely relieved the pressure over a period that is quite stressful anyway (moving house), but it has also consolidated my love of blogging. Being unable to post has been so frustrating and has definitely shown me just how much I enjoy blogging, so I thought I’d do a quick post (yep, I’m using my Mum’s Wi-Fi again!) about all the things I’ve missed about it (and it’s only been a little over two weeks!).
- Talking about books
The main reason I, and most other book bloggers blog is surely to talk about books with like-minded people. Thanks to a lack of bookish people in my real life, being unable to blog has left me a little starved in the book-talk department these last few weeks. Aside from a few colleagues in the staffroom commenting on the sheer size of my current read (I’ve been carting a huge hardback copy of Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance to work every day seen as the library didn’t have it in paperback) I haven’t really been able to go on one of my book rants, and my aforementioned current read is absolutely amazing, and I just want to shout it from the rooftops. WORDS OF RADIANCE IS AWESOME! PLEASE EVERYONE GO AND READ IT!!!
- Reading other blogs
When I originally moved and had no Wi-Fi I managed to keep up with my favourite blogs using the internet on my phone. Unfortunately using my mobile data all the time meant it went down quickly, and now I’m completely internet-less when I’m at home, and it is driving me insane! I never realised how much time I spent reading other blogs until I couldn’t do it, and now I feel like I have missed so much, so many great posts, and feel hopelessly out of touch with the blogging world (although I will be having a good long catch up this afternoon!).
There’s nothing better than reading a blog post that you really connect with, and being able to express your thoughts on it, or have someone else do the same on your own post. I have really missed getting involved in discussions throughout the blogosphere, and the fact that it has taken me so long to reply to some of the comments I’ve received on my own posts makes me feel pretty bad.
- Other bloggers
Few people could understand the frustration of being without internet as much as other bloggers, and I have really missed the blogosphere as a whole. Although the blogging world is occasionally rocked by drama and there are a few individuals out there who maybe aren’t so nice (it’s the same everywhere), in general the blogosphere is an incredibly positive place, full of people who just want to share their thoughts and interests with others, and I can’t wait to be back!
- Having a decent amount of page views
Yes, blogging isn’t all about the numbers, but the sight of my plummeting stats does panic me slightly. Since I haven’t been blogging consistently my page views have dropped considerably, and a part of me does worry that they won’t be as good as they were even when I get back to it, and that I will have lost readers.
So has anyone else ever taken a blogging break (forced or voluntary), and what did you miss about blogging?